The Skills Development Branch is largely responsible for the implementation of the Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998, as well as for the Skills Development Levies Act.
The purpose of the Skills Development Act is to:
Provide an institutional framework to devise and implement national, sectoral and workplace strategies, so as to develop and improve the skills of the South African workforce;
Integrate those strategies with the National Qualifications Framework, contemplated in the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995;
Provide for learnerships that result in recognised occupational qualifications;
Steer and monitor the expenditure of the skills development levy by the SETAs and NSF;
Provide for, and regulate employment services; and
To provide for matters connected therewith